Children

Children in Worship

At baptism, we welcome each child into the Lord’s family as fellow members of the body of Christ and workers with us.

 

Presentation of Age Appropriate Bibles

The Christian Education Committee presented students with Bibles.  Students entering first grade were given the Paraclete Bible for Kids, students entering fourth grade were given the Adventure Bible, and students entering seventh grade were presented the NRSV Student Bible.  Our hope as a faith community is that by placing in the hands of our children versions of the Bible that are age appropriate, we may get our young people more engaged in reading and discussing Bible stories.  In conjunction with the Youth Ministry of the congregation, we invite children grades 1 through 6 to attend one of our programs that are designed to help them in reading the Sunday lessons so they can become young lectors on Sunday mornings.  During the program they will have a lunch, learn the bible story and do a creative activity.  Young Readers Group is for grades 1, 2, and 3 and Adventure Time is for grades 4, 5, & 6.  Young Readers will meet Sunday, January 14 from 11:30-12:45 and Adventure Time will meet Sunday, January 28 from 11:30-12:45.  Students entering into Confirmation Ministry will be using their study Bibles throughout their three year Catechetics Program.

Sunday School

There will be no classes in May, June, July, and August.  All classes will resume in September when we will have classes for the following age groups:

*Nursery (ages 0-3)

*Preschool (ages 3-Pre-K)

*Kindergarten – Grade 2

*Grade 3-6

*Grade 7-12

The Christian Education Committee is already beginning to make plans for the faith formation classes that will be offered starting the the fall of 2018.  The following is a sampling of available classes Spring 2018:

Nursery through Grade 2 began together each week with Godly Play (music and movement) led by Emily Reep.  This has a big success as parents and children joined in on the fun.  Parents of children younger than 2 are asked to stay.  Groups will then split for their lesson.

Godly Play

Kindergarten-Grade 2

Grades 3-6 began with light breakfast and conversation as they caught up on each other’s week, followed by a lesson.  Children began the year with stories from the Old Testament.  They met many characters including Joseph, Moses and King David.

Grades 7-12 Mornings with Miss Kelly gathered for conversation and learning based on a variety of current topics.  Miss Kelly was supported by guests who provided additional theological and Biblical commentary.

For information about Sunday School, volunteer opportunities or joining a class, contact the church office.

 Acolytes – See Pastor Reep if you have a son or daughter that would be interested in becoming an acolyte.  See More

Holy Communion Instruction, A holy Meal for Holy People – Communion instruction is provided for all children.  For some it will be their First Communion, for others it will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Holy Meal.  Pastor Reep will provide the leadership for this important component of faith formation for our young people.  Please note that each lesson builds on the previous one so regular attendance is encouraged.  The dates for Communion instruction will be announced.

Confirmation Ministry Catechetics – The Confirmation Ministry Catechetics are held Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  This confirmation ministry for the congregation is held in conjunction with 7 other Lutheran congregations in York.  There is a fall term and a winter/spring term.  Starting date for the fall 2018 program is 9/18.  Contact Pastor Reep if you would like additional information!

Our 2017 Confirmation Class!

Musical Opportunities for Children are:

Cantabile Bell Choir –  (See more)

Children’s Choir –  (See more)

Instrumentalist –  (See more)

Vacation Bible School – Lake Side Stories with Jesus:  Family Excursion June 11-14, 2018
 We are gearing up for summertime Family fun at VBS.  Vacation Bible School will be held off site at Kain Park under the Bass Pavilion. Because of the extended school year in many of our school districts VBS will be held in the evenings. Family supper will start each evening at 5:30 p.m. The Bible story and activity will begin at 6:00 p.m. And the evening will conclude
with Lake Side vespers at 7:00 p.m. By planning VBS in three distinct components families and church members can take part in as much of the evening as they desire. Some may choose only to come for the vesper liturgy. Others might participate in supper and Bible story but need to get home to get children ready for bed. Others can come for the whole thing and even stay till the park closes at sundown if they like. The important thing is that we want everyone in the congregation to participate as we take an excursion through the scriptures learning about Jesus’ ministry around Lake Galilee. We are planning classes for: Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten & 1 st, 2nd
& 3rd, 4th–6th, Jr.-Sr. High, and Adult. The dinner menu is as follows:
Monday –Hamburgers, Tuesday –Chicken, Wednesday –Hot Dogs, Thursday
– Everyone brings a covered dish to share. Also supplied will be paper products and drinks. Mark your calendar now and block of these four evenings for us to be together as we grow in God’s grace and love.
Church Summer Camp 2018  – This Changes Everything 
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
The congregation supports the Lutheran Camping Corporation and the camps that it offers for children and families.  Camp brochures are mailed out in the spring.  If you think your child/youth or family would be interested in attending church camp, see Kelly Moore-Spencer for a camp brochure and more information.  The camp brochures explain all the camping experiences offered at Camp Nawakwa and Camp Kirchenwald.  If you know you want to attend one of the specialty camps that fill up right away, let Kelly know and she will be glad to help you register.  You can visit  the corporation’s website at  www.lutherancamping.org/summer

The Lutheran Camps offer–Christian Community, Worship, Daily Prayer, Making New Friends, Seeing Old Friends, Fun Activities, Adventure and Acts of Service.

The Lutheran Camping Corporation carries out its mission as a gracious expression of God’s.  The heart of that mission is to:  The Church, in a place and time apart…Where God’s presence is experienced, Faith is renewed, Christ’s love is felt, and the Church is strengthened for the service and proclamation of the Gospel!  Our goal is for each child to experience the love of Christ!

We are encouraging all of our children and youth to attend a week of church camp.  Remember, camperships are available for our members!

While attending camp, faith is renewed and the fabric of the Church is strengthened during a refreshing outdoor experience with other children from multiple parishes.  The Lutheran Camping Corporation and St. Paul’s both offer scholarships to help with the cost to children from the congregation who wish to participate in outdoor ministry.

 

       ” …we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that He has done.”  Psalm 78:4